Aah, the last post of 2013. I feel a sense of accomplishment. I’ve been writing three posts a week for over two years now. In fact, this is my 360th post.
In 2014 I hope to publish another 150 or more.
A writer named Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down The Bones, says that writers must write, must engage in writing practise. This blog is part of my writing practise. It keeps me going as surely as I keep it going. I’m happy that it will be coming with me into the new year.
And speaking of looking forward …
In 2014 I also hope to continue writing music. I’ve had a taste of success with one of my songs being recorded by a wonderful band, based here in my area, who go by the name of Our Shotgun Wedding.
I admire the two musicians who make up this group because of the music they write and perform, so I feel truly honored to have my work considered acceptable, good enough for them to include in their repertoire.
What’s that sound?
Close to “writing lyrics” is the more well known art, “writing poetry”. Here in my town, there is a local monthly artistic program known as Sounds, Words & Music.
Each month there are open mic spots for any who want them, as well as a featured musical artist and a featured poet or spoken word artist. And starting 2014 off on the right foot, for me, includes a gig as featured poet at Sounds. Getting this gig is something I’m counting as a crowning achievement for 2013 and a great start for 2014.
The good word is …
I will also continue to write prose. I hope my fiction will be published some day, and I hope that my non-fiction freelance articles will continue to be published.
And I’m still available as an editor. If you’re looking for one, I’d be flattered by your consideration. But this isn’t the employment section of the classifieds, this is a blog about life with ADHD.
Yeah, what about life with ADHD?
To answer that question, let me tell you about another question that was asked of Dr. Edward Hallowell: “What work is best for people with ADHD?” His answer was “Do what you love. Do what you love. Do what you love!”
The problem with that, for any type of job where you are labelled as a freelance or contract worker, is that you have to do more than what you love. You have to do it all, the thing you love and the things that support that.
What do I love?
I love to write. I enjoy research. But I’m not great at chasing jobs, not pleased with pleasantly passing emails back and forth. In truth, I’m not incapable of it. I just don’t enjoy it like I enjoy writing.
I am hoping for more writing gigs in the future, but I’m also going to try being more proactive and positive when it comes to networking. If I drive myself crazy with it, I can still say I tried to overcome my perseverance, distraction and aversion issues.
But there’s good stuff too
The thing I love about writing, and editing, is that when I’ve had enough of one task for a while, I can always switch to something else.
So, I’ll write a blog post and then edit some pages of a manuscript. I might then write a poem or some lyrics that may never see the light of day, but have them inspire me to create some new dimension to a piece of fiction I’m working on. Or I might have an epiphany while writing fiction, that leads to an article idea. It all works out in the end.
And in the new year …
So for 2014 my plan is to deal with my ADHD by doing what I love, and the things that I have to do in between. Hey, that sounds like 2013’s plan. Oh well, it turned out better than it could have.
See you in the new year.